By Dr. Simal Soin, Dermatologist, Aayna Skin Clinic, Delhi
Have you been working night shifts for a long period of time or have been sleep deprived because of any other reason? Or have you been bitten by the zero figure bug and deprived yourself of nutrition? If yes, chances are that you may be displaying hollow, sunken eyes, which is not a very good thing to happen to anybody.
Eyes are, arguably, the most prominent features of your face. Beautiful, resplendent eyes never fail to strike. However, the same eyes can make you appear exhausted and unhealthy if they give a hollow appearance. Often, people who are ill or recuperating from an illness have eyes sunken inside the eye sockets. Some otherwise healthy people too may have this appearance. People with dark and sunken eyes are often asked about whether they are sick.
Hollow eyes are also a result of ageing. Unhealthy looking eyes will betray your age candidly. As we age, we often develop dark hollows and troughs under our eyes which make us appear weary and aged. Sunken or hollow eyes can make you look dull and tired even though you are young and healthy. The area between the eyes and nose also known as tear trough looks hollow and sunken due to loss of moisture and volume, thus making the face look tired. A little care and attention and the beauty of your eyes can be restored. The loss of volume can be corrected with the help of fillers like Juvederm that fill up the hollows around the eyes and leave you with healthy eyes and a fresh looking face. At the same time, lifestyle modifications, and healthy diet will help improve their overall appearance.
Many a women, working or not, juggle between multiple responsibilities. Mothers are bringing up infants are another category of sleep deprived, stressed out women. Such an overload of work not just leaves women exhausted and tired, but it also starts showing its signs on their bodies and face. The once luminous eyes are reduced to a tired, dark, and sunken twosome. Some people may have eye bags or puffiness.
Let’s take a look at the factors that can cause your eyes to appear sunken and ill:
- Lack of sleep is certainly the most significant factor. Your body and mind needs a good period of rest after every day of hard work. But, our busy lifestyles often mean we stay up late and wake up early and are deprived of the much-needed sleep. When suffered for a prolonged period, sleep deprivation can show on the eyes, making them appear sunken with dark circles around
- Poor food habits and indigestion is another factor. Too much intake of fast food which is rich in calorie but low on fibre can cause digestion problems in the long run. Stomach problems in many people manifest themselves in the eyes
- Improper hydration in the body is another factor that can be dealt with. Consumer sufficient quantities of water each day to keep your eyes and face looking healthy
- Another reason that can augment the appearance of hollows under the eyes is lack of timely treatment of dark circles. Dark circles are basically blood vessels that can be seen through from the thin under eye skin. Due to variable factors including lack of sleep, stress, ageing etc, these dark circles become permanent. Over a period of time, they turn into dark hollows.
What to do:
· Ensure that you get enough sleep. Do away with social media addiction keep your phone away when you take to bed; this will help you stay away from late night facebook and watsapp messaging. Keep television out of your bedroom.
· While you can undertake a series of stress busting routines like yoga, walking, running or even cycling to beat the stress, modify your lifestyle to stay healthy, there is a quick remedy that you need for your eyes and face. Hyaluronic acid based fillers like Juvederm are a quick and wonderful way of giving a fresh new look to the eyes. They fill up the hollows as well as the wrinkles crowding the corners of the eyes and makes you look younger, fitter and more beautiful.
· Try some home remedies to reduce the darkness. Use potato and cucumber slices to cover your eyes for a few minutes daily. They help reduce dark circles.
· Drink a lot of water and eat a healthy diet rich in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and, broccoli to keep skin and eyes in good health.
· Keep cold or warm tea bags on your eyes for a few minutes to help improve blood circulation around the eyes.